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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Ben Thorpe: Creating Cosmopolitan Cuisine In Rural Montana

Chef Ben Thorpe
Credit Kim Metez

Chef Ben Thorpe, a home-schooled native of rural Idaho, is the chef at Fort Benton's Grand Union Hotel. From seminary, to an abbreviated career in classical dance, to ministerial work, then a stint as a wine steward, Thorpe came to his culinary career in a roundabout way. "I think the ability to please people, to take ingredients and put them together, and to see people truly feel happiness, is really life-changing.

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The Food Guys
8:14 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

The Umami Factor In Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Credit courtesy of the Umami Information Center

Jon and Greg ask: "What exactly is umami?" (It has nothing to do with anybody's mother.) It's a Japanese word, coined early in the 20th century, meaning "delicious savory taste."  Greg explains: "Every time you eat something that's really yummy, like a well-prepared steak, a mushroom risotto, a spaghetti sauce, anchovies, it probably contains umami factors."  The Umami Information Center adds:

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Performances In Great Falls, Missoula And Butte
5:00 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Russian Soloists Dance With Montana Students In "The Nutcracker"

The "Dove of Peace" dance from the Moscow Ballet's touring production of "The Nutcracker."
Credit Moscow Ballet

The Moscow Ballet’s North American tour of "The Nutcracker" includes performances in Great Falls, Missoula and Butte, and features a company of forty professional dancers, clothed in elaborate costumes and surrounded by colorful sets. But it's not just Russian dancers on stage. In each city, many of the ballet's roles are danced by local ballet students.

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Garlic I: Asia's Gift To The Future

Wild garlic. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user Mark Robinson

Ever since nomadic tribes helped spread wild garlic from Central Asia to far-flung parts of the globe, garlic has helped humans fight microbes. Louis Pasteur recognized its antimicrobial power, as did doctors in WWI and WWII battlefield hospitals, where injured soldiers were given garlic to prevent infection and gangrene. Today's warnings of a "post-antibiotic" future mean garlic's power may turn out to be handy as drug-resistant bacteria become widespread.

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Hunting Ethics
5:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

'Crowd Shooting' Incident Near Helena

A “crowd-shooting” incident on the east side of Canyon Ferry Reservoir last weekend has opened a discussion about hunter ethics; specifically, when is it OK to shoot a game animal?

Justin Feddes says the shooting in the White's Gulch area outside Helena started at first light last Sunday morning.

"If I had to guess, I'd say probably around 30 elk were killed. Probably 18 - 20 bulls, the rest were probably cows. We had two wounded," said Feddes.

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Education, Business Leaders Gather
5:16 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Helena STEM Conference Promotes Women In Science

Credit Penn State (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

Leaders from Montana’s business and education communities gathered at a "STEM" conference in Helena today to talk about how to encourage more women and girls to explore careers traditionally dominated by men. 

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Those are four fields that the US is going to have to strengthen if it is to remain competitive in the world economy.   And those are also four fields that have long attracted more men than women.  

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Field Notes
4:28 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Martens And Fishers, Elusive Carnivores Of Montana's Old-Growth Forests

American marten (Martes americana)
Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Walking around old-growth forests this winter, if you're lucky enough to see fur-lined tracks leading to the base of a tree, or scat containing porcupine quills, look up. Scan the treetops. You might catch a glimpse of a marten or a fisher, two members of the mustelid family that roam Montana's winter landscape.

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Campaign Beat
4:04 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

'Campaign Beat' Recaps The Election, Previews The Legislature

Lee newspapers Capitol Reporter Chuck Johnson, MTPR Senior News Analyst Sally Mauk and Lee newspapers Capitol Reporter Mike Dennison.
Credit Eliza Wiley

Do Montana Democrats have a messaging problem? Will post-election talk of bi-partisanship translate into action? Sally, Chuck and Mike talk about these things and more on the final election season episode of "Campaign Beat."

Former MTPR news director and now Senior News Analyst Sally Mauk hosts the program. She's  joined by Lee newspapers Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.

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Commentary - November 5th, 2014
8:27 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Going Forward

Montanans love rivers.  We float them, fish them; we hike and drive next to them.  We just watch them go by.  And sometimes we toss stones into them.

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Seeking 'Geo-Travelers'
5:58 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

New Montana Tourism Campaign Tells Visitors 'It's Time'

An example of the digital banner ads the Montana Office of Tourism has started running.
Credit Montana Office of Tourism

The Montana Office of Tourism is telling potential visitors that it’s time to check out the state’s natural wonders and small town culture.

In a video posted in the Vimeo web site, a small town shop keeper shovels snow from the sidewalk. Skiers and snowboarders lace up their boots. Dogs pull a sled through the frozen wilderness, and at the end of the ninety seconds, comes the motto: Montana, It’s Time.

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